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Ode to my father

By astyag
Dear EPZ'ers,

hope you all having a great day so far...

At this time of the year I noticed many EPZers upload spring snaps, mountains, valleys and butterflies.
I thought to show how our spring looks, here in UAE. Though it might not look great, however, do believe me that the view is breathtaking, specially if you visit this place in Jan. and Feb. when valleys are filled with flowing rain waters. It used to be our regular picnic site that as family we were visiting. And we were always lead by our late father during these 150 Km. drive trip.
I headed to that area since I was visiting some clients to market our new product from TEREX. Fortunately or unfortunately the 900-1500 m mountains are being exploded with dynamites part by part and turned to semi-powders and being shipped to Qatar and other places for a 0.4 cents per TON! Though, somehow I found some opportunities for my new product, morally I was hurt inside that they are flattening this beautiful mountainous, full of valleys environment.
I will add some links here to help you better visualize what is happening in this area:
You can Google "Quarry in Fujaira" as well
Scenic view
Fujaira Quarries
Residents complains reaches a local newspaper
A resident of a village is complaining about cracks became visible in their wall after explosives that were being used for quarrying in near by (2km) (This old man might not look handsome and cool, but he has a soul and feeling just like everyone else)
Quarry crackdown

I don't know, to me it just didn't feel alright to use explosives and throwing muds in the air, polluting the atmosphere and vanishing the mountains. Unfortunately nobody monitors and complains. I remember the news regarding that tree in Germany that the government had planned to remove, how the environmentalists reacted comparing to what is being done here without any watchdogs and monitoring...

Don't even bother to know that this image is a panorama of 4 and a bit of more touchings here and there, it doesn't matter...

Tags: Quarry Landscape and travel Fujaira

Voters: barbarahirst, Richsr, VIKI and 31 more

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 8:33AM
I am really shocked and depressed by your wonderful write up.
What is man all about ?
I feel so saddened for our earth !

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astyag 10 12
24 May 2011 8:34AM
Barbara, I agree with you. I must salute you, for your prompt comment. I am glad that at least, "at least" one person found this write up important...!
Richsr 11 91 223 England
24 May 2011 8:41AM
Such a shame that this is happening, thanks for sharing the story.
A good pano well put together.
Regards Richard
astyag 10 12
24 May 2011 8:42AM
Thank you Richard
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 12:12PM
wonderful write up and such true words brilliant capture too top work Wink
24 May 2011 1:29PM
Hi Astyag.
good shot of this lovely place, i'm saddened at what is happening to this and other places on this earth, it seems to me that mans quest for money and power clearly outweighs his love for the planet?
0.1 cents a ton!! absolutely shocking Sad
Superb write write and thanks for sharing it with us.
Take care mate
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
24 May 2011 3:04PM
Hi Dadash

Great composition, wonderful light and tones, very well taken and presented
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
24 May 2011 3:10PM
A superb image, and very important message to the world.......Sandy
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
25 May 2011 5:26AM
Not so much vegetation but a good view

Ray42 10 3 England
25 May 2011 7:33AM
A good pano and an excellent message - I hope people will take it in - once gone never replaced
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
25 May 2011 9:31AM
Sad - moving - nothing more to add.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 May 2011 10:22AM
Did you read my private message ?
Regards Barbs
27 May 2011 10:33AM
Wow, what a dramatic view Astyag! i am touched by your comment, it is so pity to change the geographical environment! and for such a low price...

have a nice weekend,
Suehh 11 39 6 England
27 May 2011 10:48AM
Hello Astyag - I can understand how you find this area so beautiful - it is rugged and powerful. It is so terrible that so much of our planet is being destroyed in the name of industrial progress - so many people and lifestyles being damaged beyond repair - the whole world over. And yet we still use our phones, our computers, our cars, our electric lights, our clothes, our furniture.....

And the worst thing of all is that so many of the people who live in or near to such areas are so poorly, it at all, compensated for their loss. The world is so corrupt when it comes to making a profit - I fear it is not going to change and humanity will realise only when it is too late. A big sigh from me too xx

Suehh 11 39 6 England
27 May 2011 10:50AM
PS - this is what photography is all about - the message here is so powerful Astyag. x
JustDucky 7 8 Canada
27 May 2011 12:10PM
shameful this is happening, great capture
27 May 2011 1:01PM
Is nothing safe from man these days? excellent pan image,
Peagreen 7 1 1 England
27 May 2011 11:34PM
Great capture, Astyag and an excellent but very disturbing write up. Doesn't matter about anything or anybody unless of course it's making money !!!
Take care, hope you have a good weekend,
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
28 May 2011 4:33AM
Your image was great and worth the view.. your write up was touching and bought the image to life
28 May 2011 6:52PM
Velikoelpno caught. Excellent composition.
Regards, Oleg!
PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
29 May 2011 2:13AM
A lovely capture and description, Astyag!

Childhood memories are great to have! What a pity it doesn't all stay the same!

What a shame that this beautiful area is being destroyed! I clicked on the links and read the reports! What a shame!

I look forward to driving through this countryside on one of my trips. I've just returned from Dubai.....what an amazing place!


morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 1:10PM
Amazing image, and one I doubt you will be able to repeat in the not distant future, if the destruction is allowed to continue!!!Everyone goes on about 'human rights', but what about the destruction man inflicts on the planet!!!!

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
29 May 2011 1:37PM
Excellent panorama and a sad story Astyag.
imagio 11 12 1 England
30 May 2011 7:20PM
Fab panorama ASTYAG

moiral 8 12 Scotland
30 May 2011 7:58PM
Moving and very disturbing stories. But happening the world over, although this does not make it right. Often in the countries where freedom of speech and the right of the public to demonstrate against such wanton destruction are often prohibited or at the very least restricted. Not that the governments take much notice anyway. A typical example of the rich getting richer and the general public getting poorer, not only in their health but in the loss of their natural environment. An absolute disgrace. I feel for you and the people involved.
acousticmist 7 10 1 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 10:07AM
An excellent panorama and interesting write up.................Martin
xwang 9 56 8
31 May 2011 4:29PM
It is a beautiful place and wonderful writing up, glad that you share the story with us....I can only wish all the best to the whole world..
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 11:37PM
Hi,interesting write up thanks for bringing this crazy situation to the panorama,reminds me of the time i used to spend in the mountains as a kid in Saudi Arabia catching scorpions in jam jars.
Best wishes
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 8:06PM
Thank you for sharing the write up info... Quite moving, what legacy do we leave for the next generation?
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
10 Jun 2011 2:09PM
They are talking about blasting some mountain here in Norway too - evidently there is money in selling rock to countries who don't have enough of their own Sad

It is especially disheartening when it is to happen to a place you have good memories of, such as here in your captured. Viewed large it is very special - the green palms add a wonderful bit of contrast to the otherwise rocky scene.

Thank you for placing it on a map - I zoomed in as far as I could to take it in totally.
Sad well put!!
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2011 9:40AM
Sorry to hear about the blasting. What we do to our environment sometimes is appalling. It's beautiful and should be preserved. Paul
Canonshots 7 172 13 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2011 9:01AM
I guess after so many weeks my comment is superfluous, and so is my vote, but I do agree with what everyone else has said, and I want to stand up and be counted. We only have one planet, we ought to look after it better.

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